2014–15 UAE Pro-League

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Arabian Gulf League
Season 2014–15
Champions Al-Ain (12th title)
Relegated Ajman
Al-Ittihad Kalba
2016 AFC Champions League Al-Ain
Al-Jazira
Al-Shabab Al-Arabi
Al-Nasr
2015-16 GCC Champions League Al-Wasl
Baniyas
Matches played 182
Goals scored 562 (3.09 per match)
Average goals/game 3.09
Top goalscorer Mirko Vučinić
(25 goals)
Biggest home win Al Ain 7–1 Ajman
(13 February 2015)
Biggest away win Fujairah 0–7 Baniyas
(30 November 2014)
Highest scoring Al Ain 7–1 Ajman
(13 February 2015)
Longest winning run Al Jazira (5 matches)
Longest unbeaten run Al Ain (12 matches)
Longest winless run Ajman (14 matches)
Longest losing run Kalba (9 matches)
Highest attendance 19,790 Al-Jazira vs. Al Wahda
Lowest attendance 182 Ajman vs. Emirates
Average attendance 2,529

The 2014–15 UAE Pro-League, known as the Arabian Gulf League for sponsorship reasons,[1] was the 40th top-level football season in the United Arab Emirates. Fourteen teams participated with Al Ahli as the defending champions after securing the championship last season for the first time since the 2008–09 campaign.

The league was started on 15 September 2014 and was concluded on 15 May 2015.[2]

Teams[edit]

Al Shaab and Dubai Club were relegated to the second tier being replaced by Al Ittihad Kalba and Fujairah who were both relegated in the 2012–13 campaign.[3]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2014–15 UAE Pro-League
Team Home city Emirate Manager Stadium Capacity
Ajman Ajman Ajman Portugal Manuel Cajuda Ajman Stadium 5,537
Al Ahli Dubai Dubai Romania Cosmin Olăroiu Rashed Stadium 9,415
Al Ain Al Ain Abu Dhabi Croatia Zlatko Dalić Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium 25,000
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Belgium Eric Gerets Al Jazira Stadium 42,056
Al Nasr Dubai Dubai Serbia Ivan Jovanovic Al-Maktoum Stadium 10,954
Al Shabab Dubai Dubai Brazil Caio Júnior Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 8,011
Al Wasl Dubai Dubai Argentina Gabriel Calderon Zabeel Stadium 8,411
Baniyas Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Spain Luis García Baniyas Stadium 9,047
Dhafra Madinat Zayed Abu Dhabi France Laurent Banide Al Dhafra Stadium 5,020
Emirates Ras al-Khaimah Ras al-Khaimah Brazil Paulo Comelli Emirates Club Stadium 5,020
Fujairah Fujairah Fujairah Czech Republic Ivan Hašek Fujairah Club Stadium 5,020
Kalba Kalba Sharjah United Arab Emirates Walid Obaid Al-Balooshi Ittihad Kalba Stadium 3,000
Sharjah Sharjah Sharjah Brazil Paulo Bonamigo Sharjah Stadium 10,082
Wahda Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber Al-Nahyan Stadium 11,538

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Al Jazira Italy Walter Zenga Sacked[4] Pre-season 14 May 2014 Belgium Eric Gerets[5] 20 May 2014
Al Shabab Brazil Marcos Paqueta Mutual contest 23 May 2014 Brazil Caio Júnior[6] 23 May 2014
Baniyas Iraq Adnan Hamad 1 July 2014 Spain Luis García[7] 10 July 2014
Al Wasl Brazil Jorginho 13th 1 October 2014 Argentina Gabriel Calderón 1 October 2014
Ajman Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal Sacked 13th 25 January 2015 Portugal Manuel Cajuda 27 January 2015
Al Wahda Portugal Jose Peseiro[8] 4th 10 February 2015 Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber 16 February 2015
Al Wahda Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber [9]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al Ain (C) 26 18 6 2 62 19 +43 60 Qualification to the 2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage
2 Al Jazira 26 16 3 7 66 46 +20 51 Qualification to the 2016 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 Al-Shabab Al-Arabi 26 14 7 5 49 35 +14 49 Qualification to the 2016 AFC Champions League Second Qualifying Round
4 Al Wahda 26 13 8 5 44 32 +12 47
5 Al-Nasr 26 10 9 7 43 32 +11 39 Qualification to the 2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage1
6 Al-Wasl 26 10 9 7 53 45 +8 39 Qualification to the 2016 GCC Champions League
7 Al Ahli 26 10 8 8 35 27 +8 38
8 Bani Yas 26 9 8 9 42 37 +5 35 Qualification to the 2016 GCC Champions League
9 Al-Fujairah 26 9 5 12 23 45 −22 32
10 Emirates 26 8 6 12 34 45 −11 30
11 Al Dhafra 26 5 12 9 31 33 −2 27
12 Sharjah 26 7 5 14 36 43 −7 26
13 Ajman (R) 26 2 9 15 27 60 −33 15 Relegation to the 2015–16 UAE Division 1 Group A
14 Al-Ittihad Kalba (R) 26 3 1 22 17 63 −46 10

Updated to games played on 3 June 2015.
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Al-Nasr qualifies for 2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage as winners of 2014–15 UAE President's Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AJM AHL AIN JAZ NAS SHB WAS BAN DHA EMI FUJ KAL SHR WAH
Ajman 0–0 0–4 2–3 0–3 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–4 0–1 0–1 0–4 3–3
Al-Ahli 0–0 1–1 4–2 2–2 2–4 0–4 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1
Al Ain 7–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–0 4–0 4–1 4–0
Al Jazira 3–1 2–0 4–3 3–2 2–4 4–2 1–4 1–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–2 1–1
Al Nasr 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–4 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 5–1 3–0 3–0 0–2
Al Shabab 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–4 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 4–2 1–2
Al Wasl 3–3 1–5 0–1 2–4 2–2 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–0
Baniyas 3–0 1–0 0–3 2–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–5 1–2
Dhafra 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–2 3–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–2
Emirates 0–2 0–1 1–5 0–2 0–3 2–3 2–3 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–2
Fujairah 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 0–3 1–4 0–7 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0
Kalba 2–3 0–3 1–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–6 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–3 1–2 0–1
Sharjah 4–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 4–2 4–1
Wahda 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 5–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 5–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 12 April 2015.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

As of matches played 15 May 2015
Rank Player Club Goals[10]
1 Montenegro Mirko Vučinić Al Jazira 25
2 Senegal Ibrahima Touré Al Nasr 18
3 Brazil Wanderley Sharjah 17
4 United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout Al Jazira 16
4 Brazil Caio Al Wasl 16
4 Brazil Fábio Lima Al Wasl 16
5 Argentina Sebastián Tagliabué Wahda 15
6 Brazil Éderson Al Wasl 14
7 Ghana Asamoah Gyan Al Ain 13
8 Senegal Makhete Diop Dhafra 12
9 Moldova Henrique Luvannor Al Shabab 11

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Montenegro Vučinić, MirkoMirko Vučinić Al Jazira Emirates 3–0[11] 25 September 2014
United Arab Emirates Khalil, AhmedAhmed Khalil Al Ahli Al Jazira 4–2 18 October 2014
United Arab Emirates Mabkhout, AliAli Mabkhout Al Jazira Ajman 3–1 4 February 2015
Ghana Gyan, AsamoahAsamoah Gyan Al Ain Fujairah 3–0 28 February 2015

Assists[edit]

As of matches played 22 March 2015
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Burkina Faso Jonathan Pitroipa Al Jazira 8
Brazil Edgar Al Shabab 8
Argentina Damián Díaz Wahda 8
Argentina Manuel Lanzini Al Jazira 8
Slovakia Miroslav Stoch Al Ain 8
2 Portugal Hugo Viana Al Wasl 7
France Kembo-Ekoko Al Ain 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uae.agleague.ae/en/news/ag-league-title-sponsor-pc.html
  2. ^ "2014/15 Season Schedule confirmed". Pro League Committee. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arabian Gulf League 2014/2015". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Al Jazira dismiss Walter Zenga after seven months". The National. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Al Jazira confirm Eric Gerets as new coach to replace Walter Zenga". The National. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Coach Marcos Paqueta is the fall guy for Al Shabab's wobbles". The National. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Baniyas reach agreement with new manager Luis Garcia". The National. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Al Wahda dismiss manager Jose Peseiro after poor results". The National. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Difference in vision led Sami Al Jaber and Al Wahda to part ways". The National. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Summary - Arabian Gulf League - United Arab Emirates - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Al Jazira vs. Emirates - 25 September 2014 - Soccerway". Retrieved 26 September 2014.